Palitsyn, Fedor

Palitsyn, Fedor Fedorovich


Born Oct. 28 (Nov. 9), 1851; died Feb. 23, 1923, in Berlin. Russian military leaders, general of the infantry (1907). Descended from dvoriane (nobility or gentry).

Palitsyn graduated from the Pavel Military School in 1870 and from the Academy of the General Staff in 1877. He saw service in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78. He became chief of staff of the general inspectorate of the cavalry in 1895. He was chief of the Main Directorate of the General Staff from June 1905 to November 1908 and as such was prominent in preparing and implementing the military reforms of 1905–12. He resigned from his post because he disagreed with the policy that subordinated the chief of the General Staff to the war minister. He became a member of the Military Council in 1908. In World War I, Palitsyn served at the disposal of the commander in chief of the armies of the Northwestern Front. He went as a representative of the Russian Army to Paris in September 1915 and remained abroad as an émigré after the October Revolution of 1917.